Farmers and producers

Dairy Women’s Network launches video project ‘Our People. Their Stories’

[03 September/The Country] The Dairy Women’s Network have launched a new website, as well as an exciting storytelling project named: Our People. Their Stories. This project will use videos to create a deeper engagement with the Network members as well as the dairy industry as a whole. The first story features nine-year-old Lucy O’Reilly, and...

Farmers say we need to talk about GE

[03 September/The Country] Federated Farmers state that the steady progress AgResearch is making on field trials of environment-friendly GM ryegrass in the US should act as a push for NZ to get on with a mature national conversation about genetic modification. President Katie Milne stated that we’re currently side-lining a potential major tool that could...

Five years of Water Accord shows farmers doing their bit

[02 September/Scoop News] The Sustainable Dairy: Water Accord farmers and partners announced their achievements to date including fencing off dairy cattle from 24,249 kilometres of significant waterways, installing bridges and culverts on 100% of stock crossing points dairy cows use and developing riparian management plans. The Water Accord was signed in 2013 and represents a...

From vegan interns to visiting preschoolers, all are welcome at the ECO School

[01 September/Stuff NZ] Kaitiaki Farm Eco School is based on a five hectare property and is run by Dani Lebo and her husband Nelson Lebo. The farm has up to six interns staying at a time on their eight-week permaculture design programmes, run throughout the year. Mrs Lebo states that the biggest focus on the...

More added value the future

[30 August/Rural News] Nick Pyke, Co-Founder of Left Field Innovation has presented the case that New Zealand should not go down the commodity path as it develops its plant protein industry and states that we should head down the high-value and high-quality path to find a niche market, where New Zealand will be able to...

Drought blamed for drying up Landcorp earnings and profit

[30 August/The Country] Landcorp has made a net loss of $11 million for the year and Chairman Dr Warren Parker and Chief Executive Steven Carden have blamed this earnings fall on a drop in milk production due to dry summer and autumn weather. The company, which trades as Pamu, exceeded its earlier earnings forecast guidance...

RSE worker accommodation at Duncannon expands into next door site

[28 July/Stuff NZ] A multi-million dollar expansion at Duncannon, East of Blenheim is expected to move 160 people out of motels and backpackers into custom-built accommodation for  Hortus, whose owner Aaron Jay, purchased a neighbouring paddock earlier this year. The expansion is expected to cost around $7 million, and workers themselves have helped with the...

57m rebate for farmers

[26 July/Rural News] Ballance Agri-Nutrients is returning $57 to its 18,000 farmer-shareholders at a rebate of $45 per tonne for the year ended 31 May 2019, as its annual profit grew to $72.5 million, four percent more than last year. Ballance reports that these results are as a result of focusing on supporting farmers as...

Kiwis are gaining jobs as a result of overseas workers scheme, RSE survey shows

[23 July / Stuff NZ] The latest survey done on Recognised Seasonal Employers (RSE) has shown that over 80 percent of companies surveyed stated that a key benefit was being able to employ more New Zealand workers in addition to RSE workers. The employment scheme gives overseas workers jobs in vineyards and orchards. Managing Director...

KPMG says bank capital proposals will wreck havoc

[19 July / Scoop] KPMG reports that the Reserve Bank’s bank capital proposals will lead to less bank lending to farmers and at significantly higher interest rates on the loans they are prepared to provide as current proposals will require banks to restrict agricultural lending. Even though the bank capital proposals won’t be finalised until...

Innovation key to sustainable farming

[18 July / Rural News] North Canterbury farmer Roscoe Taggart says that continuous innovation is vital for sustainable arable farming. Taggart has over the past few years focused his farming operation to a niche range of crops and contracts. He says that precision agriculture has helped lift the bar both environmentally and efficiency. Now using...

Large farms have more eco options

[18 July / Farmers Weekly] AgResearch scientist Alec Mackay says that harder hill country farms have the option to be more productive and eco-efficient than easy hill country farms. Mackay reports they can achieve this by increasing the reproductive performance of ewes and lamb weaning and growth rates. Another option he says is move from...

PM puts faith in free trade deals

(17 July/Rural News) At the recent Federated Farmers conference, Prime Minister Jacinda Arden spoke of how New Zealand is entering a period of economic change. Ardern commented that it appears that the primary sector is being faced with all its long term challenges at one time. The Prime Minister also reported that the priority of...

Spy in the sky promises no stock upset

(16 July/Rural news) As fly-overs of farms are occurring to crack down on poor winter grazing practices, farmers are concerned that planes will be flown low by activists to scope the areas. Farmers have been reassured that no Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) rules will be breached during flyovers. Waikato businessman Angus Robson, one of the...

B+LNZ looking into impact of land conversion

[2 July/Rural Life] Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) have expressed concerns about the potential impacts on communities of wholesale conversions of regions into forestry. In an update to farmers, BLNZ chairman Andrew Morrison said the organisation was working to get a better understanding of exactly what was happening, why it might be happening, quantifying...

NZ farmer confidence continues gradual climb – farmers and producers

[27 June/Rabobank] Improved sentiment across sheep, beef and horticulture producers has seen New Zealand farmer confidence lift for the second quarter in a row, the latest Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey has found. While farmer sentiment continued, the gradual climb begun at the start of the year following three previous consecutive quarters of decline. Net farmer...

New Zealand’s agricultural future is bright if farmers can adapt

[30 June/Stuff] The outlook for the future of the farming sector is bright, so long as farmers can adjust to the changing nature of the industry. ASB Rural Banking general manager Richard Hegan reported the skyrocketing global food demands were the reason for the optimism in New Zealand’s primary sector.  At the Rural Contractors New Zealand...

Horizons Regional Council takes step towards change to OnePlan

[26 June/The Country] Councillors have been told that a change to Horizons Regional Council’s One Plan could lead to a lack of fresh vegetables. For two years the council has been considering how to change its One Plan rules on consent for intensive farming which is defined as dairy, cropping, horticulture and irrigated sheep and...

Whanganui gun owners, farmers react to weapons buyback scheme

[25 June/The Country] Customers are telling a Whanganui store owner they will not be handing their semi-automatic guns over in Government’s buyback scheme. The scheme aims to compensate people giving up more than 300 types of gun and gun parts banned after the 15 March mosque shootings in Christchurch. The owners have an amnesty on...

Spike in rural burglaries as quad bikes, fuel and tools targeted

[24 June/Stuff NZ] Quad bikes, fuel and tools are being pilfered from central Taranaki farms as police deal with a spike in rural burglaries particularly around Stratford. This included properties along State Highway 43/The Forgotten World Highway and in Eltham and Kaponga. Detective Sergeant Chris Allemann believes that the burglaries were preventable with most of...

Emma Boase appointed Hawke’s Bay horticultural regional career co-ordinator

[20 June/The Country] Emma Boase has been appointed as a Regional Career Co-ordinator in Hawke’s Bay, one of five chosen throughout the country in a $1.1 million Provincial Growth Fund investment. Emma Boase is working with New Zealand Apples & Pears Incorporated (NZAPI) and Massey University to connect horticultural students with local exporters and growers...

Farmers enjoying good returns but facing uncertainty, bank analyst says

[19 June/Stuff NZ] Government policy and intervention is leading to pessimism in the farming industry, according to Rabobank Sustainability Analyst Blake Holgate. Mr Holgate told farmers at meetings in Gore and Invercargill on Tuesday that concerns about emissions, animal welfare and the environment were all impacting the industry now and would continue to do so...

Farmers and growers ‘should be proud’ of progress made over past decade

[18 June/NZ Herald] A long-term erosion of confidence in the primary sector needs to be reversed, says KPMG global head of agri-business Ian Proudfoot. Proudfoot’s comments were made last week when launching the 2019 KPMG Agribusiness Agenda at Fieldays 2019. Mr Proudfoot commented that confidence was low in the sector, despite the progress the industry...

Debt distressed farmers to go to mediation before hitting the wall

[17 June/Stuff NZ] Farmers who are down on their financial luck will be able to go to mediation before being forced into receivership by banks. A Farm Debt Mediation Bill is soon to be introduced into Parliament which will require creditors to offer mediation to farmers who default on payments before they take any enforcement...